RENEWED calls have been made for an inquiry into the two bank holiday Tesco riots, in light of the third night of violence the city has seen this year.
There were two nights of rioting in the Stokes Croft area in April, initially sparked by the opening of a new Tesco in Cheltenham Road.
Bristol’s Green Party is calling for an independent inquiry into the two previous riots, backed by an online petition of more than 500 signatures.
Green party councillor for Ashley Gus Hoyt – the ward all three riots have taken place in – yesterday renewed this call.
He said: “We will never move forwards as a civilisation and community if we insist on burying our heads in the sand as to the real causes of these disturbances.
“Now, following this third riot – and each one has been very different in make up from the other – answers are needed more than ever.
“I desperately hope Teresa May will finally see sense and allow the people of Bristol a fair and unbiased enquiry. I do not hold my breath though.
“In the past, we’ve found that this kind of violence has been from a small minority of opportunist anarchists seeking to capitalise on unrelated circumstances elsewhere, and to bring violence to our city.”
Although his party were part of a joint statement issued by the city council leaders on Tuesday condemning the violence, Mr Hoyt said he “strongly objected” to a passage that he believes blamed the two previous incidents on” a small minority of opportunist anarchists”.
He said: “I am not condoning the acts in anyway – but to simply whitewash over and blame an easy targeted section of society is not only shamefully ignorant, it can also set extremely dangerous precedents.”